Newman Nabs Bad Guys

Loudon bust nabs 6 Kentucky burglary suspects; one ODed

WBIR-The Loudon Police Department has arrested six suspects wanted in Kentucky for burglary of $20,000 of cash, jewelry, and medication.

Sgt. Scott Newman said an officer noticed a woman running from the back of the Country Inn and Suites hotel in Loudon. When stopped, she was found to be 35-year-old Emily Mefford of Clinton, Tennessee.

Newman said she was in possession of pills and gave the names of other suspects who were staying in the rooms at the hotel. When officers ran those names through their system, an alert came up for a burglary in Knox County, Kentucky.

Thieves had taken jewelry, medicine, and cash from an elderly woman's home, just outside Corbin on Wednesday night.

The bust happened around 2:58 a.m. Thursday morning.

When officers busted into one of the rooms, they found James B. Huff, 41 and of Williamsburg, Kentucky, overdosed. He was taken to Fort Sanders Hospital in Loudon. Newman said if police hadn't found him when they did, he may have died.

The remaining four suspects were also from Williamsburg, Kentucky. They are 30-year-old Daniel Canada, 31-year-old April Michelle Lynn, 53-year-old Charlie Nelson, and 49-year-old Janice Kilgore.

Lynn was also wanted on charges out of Grundy County, Tennessee.

The Department of Children's Services took custody of a 2-year-old child in one of the rooms.

Police confiscated 120-130 pills and $18,800 in cash.